Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) said Republicans told him “directly” that they were concerned after witnessing what he called a “weak” showing during the first hearing on the GOP-led impeachment inquiry of President Joe Biden.
“I know there was a lot of consternation and alarm on the Republican side to see how weak the case was,” Raskin told CNN’s Kaitlan Collins on Thursday.
“You heard that from Republicans?” Collins asked.
“Oh, directly on the floor, in fact,” Raskin replied.
The hearing featured GOP-called witnesses noting that there’s a lack of evidence to impeach Biden, while Democrats ― such as Rep. Jared Moskowitz (D-Fla.) and Jasmine Crockett (D-Texas) ― ripped the Republican inquiry.
Earlier in his CNN interview, Raskin said he doesn’t see Republicans “moving forward” with the impeachment inquiry.
“Do you think there’ll be more impeachment hearings after what we saw today?” Collins asked.
“I kind of doubt it after what we saw today, or at least it will be a while,” Raskin replied.
The Maryland Democrat later shared what GOP lawmakers had relayed to him about the impeachment inquiry hearing.
“Several Republicans were saying to me that the right-wing is now saying that Kevin McCarthy actually set it up to be a failure because he didn’t want to proceed with impeachment,” said Raskin of the House speaker, who previously said he wouldn’t open such an inquiry without a House vote and then did just that.
“They couldn’t believe that such a disaster would just happen by accident,” Raskin continued. “I think that attributes a lot more organization and foresight to Kevin.”